poll from CRA does little more than reaffirm prior perceptions held by the public about the Premier and the Ball Administration.
group found that 34% of decided voters supported the Liberals, 40% backed the
PCs, while 24% stood behind the NDP.
statistics offer confirmation that the Liberals are in deep trouble: satisfaction
with the government stands at only 28%, while in leader preference Dwight Ball
receives 23% support against 36% for PC leader Paul Davis and 16% for Earle McCurdy of the NDP.
mirror those reported when Ball’s popularity dropped off a cliff last year.
2016, the Liberals held 66% support. But by June — following a disastrous
Budget — it dropped to 27%. Satisfaction with the Government dropped hard, too,
declining from 64% to 21%. The Premier’s personal popularity went from 53% to
the recent Poll suggests that the government has barely made a dent in its
efforts to recover from the 2016 Budget fiasco. The 34% represents, at best, the
“core” Liberal vote. It won’t get the government re-elected in an essentially
because the CRA Poll numbers are expressed as a percentage of the decided vote, the
Tories seem stronger than they might be. This quarter, the undecided vote is 32%,
up from 24%. Though well ahead of the Premier, a dead man walking, Davis might
not want to cheer too hastily.
evidenced by the mere 23% popular support the Premier holds onto, he has been
bucked from the horse he rode in on. The public is well aware that Ball can’t walk
and whistle at the same time; hence the horse needs a new rider.
been skilful, two ‘anni horribiles’ and the heavy lifting of reducing public
spending would have been behind them. The general public might have felt
wounded but the public service would be sleeker; the health care and education systems would be
too. The power generation side of the Muskrat Falls project would have been put
on ice and a battle begun to send Emera packing. Instead, the Nalcor CEO will soon
confirm the cost increases and schedule slippage already noted by the so-called
too, would have been given a new instruction booklet about what overly
dependent communities can expect in a province driven to penury.
support, the Liberals might at least be enjoying respect for having displayed
leadership at a difficult time. Respect is a worthy and enduring platform on which to build. A
deservedly pilloried Tory Party would, by now, have been driven out of town.
the PCs are atop the polls, even if all of that could change when the Liberal
caucus finally shows Ball the door.
must be pinching themselves — wondering why the Liberal caucus would have
picked up where the Tories left off, and why they so often end up with
few strong Ministers, the vigil on galloping incompetence might be less
Frank Moores was found AWOL for long stretches of the year, allowing his
passion for salmon fishing to interfere with his public duties. The Liberal
Opposition — and the media (back in the days when public littering and potholes
didn’t lead the news) — pilloried him. But he had a Cabinet consisting of
Peckford, Crosbie, Marshall, and others who made the operation of government at
least seem seamless.
current Ministers have the capacity to cover for this feckless Premier?
Bennett, having delivered an essentially “fake” budget following last year’s
fiasco, wasting precious months on a “zero-based” PR exercise and saving
pennies, when the budget needed an axe? Her inconsistency about our spending
problem and her willingness to accept the propaganda wall erected by
the PR staff of Executive Council — diminishing Finance staff in the
process — warrants derision and the cynicism of what, otherwise, might have
been a patient public.
Coady? The still neophyte Minister who can’t offer a coherent cover story for
why the Government won’t investigate deceit and possible malfeasance on a grand
scale — of a Tory administration!
many be so mismatched for a career they sought and in whom the public put their
Even Justice Minister Andrew Parsons, the one with the safest perch in Cabinet,
can’t find terms of endearment with a public desperately seeking leadership. As much as he may think otherwise, innovation
and courage are not demonstrated by donning a guard’s uniform to work a shift at HMP, as he did
recently. A week spent in solitary would have been a better choice — to reflect
on why he has failed to follow through on the Humber Valley Paving Inquiry and to think about finding a way to keep his party from the brink of Armageddon.
government has allowed vastly undeserved attention to be given to an unrepentant,
ill-suited, uninspired Paul Davis. When the last remnant of failed leadership
is the most popular elected leader, is it not time to ask: why has our politics gone so terribly wrong?
have so far attracted only Ches Crosbie — who has been handed several kites,
including the falsification issue. But Ches, so far, refuses to fly, giving
attention to timing rather than the core issue, integrity, doubts about which
threaten his Party and the whole province.
– if they ever plan to get into the game — hope that someday voters
will strike their heads on the way to the Polling Station and suddenly decide
to vote for them.
Province was well run — on remote — who would care? But it is in a dastardly
state and it needs real leadership, now.
knows he is finished. But someone so dithering and ill-suited to his office
won’t make a single selfless decision. He will have to be shown the door.
prices continue their decline — and the gloss on Cathy Bennett’s Budget loses
its shine — a few in the Liberal caucus should be planning a fall offensive,
starting from within.
that is wishful thinking.
caucus simply does not possess the gravitas or unity of purpose to countenance
real change. As both they and recent Tory administrations have underscored,
ours is not a question of ideology. Our problem is that we have a system of
governance which is completely vulnerable to influence and abuse.
we figured out how to create a braking mechanism in our politics to guard
against electing fools. And, as we know, fools attract scoundrels. Both groups
abhor oversight — so we have none.
and other reasons too, the CRA Poll, giving a big lead to Paul Davis, describes
a voting population lacking hope.
absence of hope is what best describes the state of play of our politics.